Porter Bowman

 Joshua Porter Bowman came into this world, helping to heal his momma’s broken heart on February 25th, 1991 in St. George, Utah to James and Elaine Bowman. At 30 years of age, his giant, strong, golden, giving, heart stopped beating on December 7th, 2021 from a tragic car accident.
 Porter came to us with that big smile and the twinkling, mischievous eyes. If you crossed his path, you were a recipient of that smile. If you weren’t wearing a smile when you met him, you would be, when you left. It was so contagious! He was always a joy to be around. The fun one. He was a light and a leader before he even recognized it.
 He attended school in Kanab and graduated with the class of 2009. He found a passion in wrestling that was life long. Long after graduation, he loved to come help and work out with the team whenever he could. 
 He spent one year living and working in Laie, Hawaii with his cousin Bo. He loved learning about Hawaiian history and traditions and learning to surf. A year well spent.
 Porter was an adventurer. He explored every canyon, rock and hill he could. He loved camping, hiking, and hunting. He sought inspiration and spirituality in nature.
 Porter cared about his physical and mental health. He had a love and commitment to boxing, where he had a special talent. He spent much time committed to improving and practicing his boxing skills. 
 Porter had a work ethic that was unparalleled. As a youth, he started working at the age of 12. If you needed a job done, Porter was your man. He worked different jobs acquiring many different skills and strengths in mechanics, machinery operation, construction, fiber optic installation, electrical knowledge and plumbing, to name a few. He had such a love of learning about many different things. He was always trying to learn and improve himself. He was currently working as a Youth Coach at Recreation Retreat in Fredonia, AZ, where he was very effective and loved what he did.
 Porter had a way with people. He made sure every person he came across knew they were loved and felt important. He took time to really listen. He was genuinely interested in you. He could connect with anyone, and he never met a stranger. He was always willing to serve others. If he knew you needed something, he would be there. He cared about the well being of others, even putting others needs before his own. He had so much compassion, and empathy for others.
 Porter was an American Patriot. He loved his country and wanted to help make it a better place. He was prepared to defend it if he needed to. 
 Porter’s intense love for his family was always shown. He wanted to meet and learn of his ancestors. He was close to Aunts and Uncles he loved so much, and had special relationships with many of his cousins. If you have a female cousin, make sure you take them on a “cousin date”.
 Porter was the glue between his band of brothers. As a middle brother he helped them connect, grow, challenge themselves, and have fun together. The Band of Bowman Brothers will not be broken. And if didn’t know, it was always “A Bowman Thing”.
 Porter had a fierce love for his nieces and nephews. He always said he would be the Uncle that would teach them all the good stuff… and the bad. He made sure they had a great wrestling stance, and to protect their face when boxing. The little ones always got to walk on the ceiling and thrown over his shoulder and tumbled about. EVERYONE should have an Uncle Porter.
 How do you sum up a wonderful life well lived, in a couple of columns in the paper? He will never be forgotten. He will always be missed. Porter is our beloved Warrior. It’s just see ‘ya later, ‘til we meet you on the other side.
 Porter leaves behind his mother and father, James and Elaine Jackson Bowman of Kanab; his brothers Jed (Amber) of Kanab, Daniel (Madison) of Rock Springs, WY, and Nate (Amanda) of Rexburg, ID; his sister Mellissa (Charles) Sheya, of Kearns, UT; his sweetheart, Kim Swapp and her daughter Kenna and son Brecken; his forever buddies and playmates, Griffen and Maddex Bone, Ledger, Hudson and Violette Bowman, Emris Sheya, Caladin and Scout Bowman, and little Baby Boy Bowman that he is teaching wrestling moves to now, as he waits to bring him to his parents Nate and Amanda in February; paternal grandparents John and Lovina Bowman of Buda, TX; and maternal grandparents Robert and Cleo Jackson Crowther, of Sanford, CO.  
 There to greet him on the other side was his older sister Sarah Jane Bowman; his grandfather George Boyd Jackson; aunts Sue Bowman DeWitt and Susan Jackson Freeze; his nephew Perrin Sheya; and niece Eowyn Sheya.
 If you would like to honor Porter, talk to a stranger, give freely of your smile and kindness, help someone in need, be a friend where one is needed and pay it forward.
 Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 11:00 AM in the Kanab Utah Stake Center, corner of Main and Center Streets in Kanab.  There will be visitation from 6:00-8:00 PM Friday evening and 9:30-10:45 AM Saturday morning both at the Stake Center.  Burial will be in the Kanab Cemetery under the direction of Mosdell Mortuary.

A link to the video recording of the funeral is below.
Feel free to download it.




  1. John and Lisa Livingston December 13, 2021 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    Our hearts are with you at this very sad, raw and difficult time. Please know of the love and care we feel for your family.

  2. Stacy Jourdain December 14, 2021 at 1:03 am - Reply

    What a wonderful special sweet obituary. Yes Porter was a great man comes from a great family with great parents. What a terrible loss what a sad thing for families to go through. Gratefully we have the gospel so thankful that we have a savior and a path for eternity. Porter you will be missed he left us way too soon our hearts are broken. May God be with the BOMAN‘s

  3. Cheryl Nisonger December 14, 2021 at 1:26 am - Reply

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers your way.

  4. Eldon & Paula Swapp December 14, 2021 at 2:32 am - Reply

    Porter – One of a kind. So special in the hearts of many. Our deepest sympathy to his Family and Everyone.

  5. Tom and Barbara Hulet December 14, 2021 at 3:39 am - Reply

    Jim and Elaine,
    Tom and I are so sorry for your loss. Tom and Barbara Hulet

  6. Debra & Don Carter December 14, 2021 at 4:22 am - Reply

    So, so sorry to hear of Porter’s passing! You are in our prayers!

  7. Lloyd & Linda Millett December 14, 2021 at 5:37 am - Reply

    So very sorry to hear of Porter’s passing. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers…and we love you!

  8. Judy Slavens December 14, 2021 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Jim and Elaine we was so sorry to hear of your son Porters death, even though we didn’t know him or seen you two in years it touched our hearts of your loss. Porter sounds like a great youn man. I have never forgot the loss of your little daughter so many years ago she has always been in my heart. Our prayers are with you and you family. Love to you Judy and Dean Slavens

  9. Rick December 14, 2021 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Porter did work for us at Dark Sky rv campground.
    We developed an affection for him that we had for very few! He was a delight to be around, a smile always on his face and a very sincere loving demeanor.
    We will miss him very much!!

  10. Ashlee Long Feliciano December 14, 2021 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    As I was reading this I was reminded of the many times we played crack the egg on the tramp together. Seriously super scary moments of my childhood. Also I remember my Grandma and Grandpa would call on him often after we left Kanab and they needed strong boys help. I am so grateful for the person he was. And I am so devastated for the loss your family will feel without him there. My prayers are with you.
    Ashlee Long Feliciano

  11. Meryl kessel December 15, 2021 at 12:34 am - Reply

    What a beautiful tribute… his huge heart and huge smile were so undeniably obvious. What a special angel and he’ll be remembered often.

  12. Myrna Cox December 15, 2021 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Is it any Wonder that God took him home? With a resume Like That he will be so awesome in the realms of love, giving and service. So hard to Let an Angel like Porter slip away. God bless His precious loved ones as they Walk through this Valley of tears, missing and longing for this Magnificent huge spirit of love and enthusiasm. Just looking at that dear face makes you feel like you have known him forever. Love to his Mom and dad, Kim and all who was touched by his precious Spirit.

  13. Janna (Miner) Koetje December 17, 2021 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Porter was such a blast to have on the wrestling trips. He was always so positive and fun to be around. I am deeply sorry for your loss, parents aren’t supposed to outlive their children, so things like this a heartbreak. You are in my heart and prayers.

  14. Harris Allen December 18, 2021 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    My heart goes out to you all. I will be streaming the service from home. Porter is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever worked with. Heavenly Father needed him for more than he could do on earth. God bless this family with comfort.

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